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Old 03-19-2010, 02:08 AM   #1
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Kyle Orton, Denver quarterback: The Broncosí trade for Brady Quinn doesnít mean Ortonís run as the teamís quarterback is over. But it isnít a vote of confidence for Orton, either. The Broncos obviously would like to see Quinn, who struggled in three seasons in Cleveland, figure it out and become a solid quarterback. There is no timeline for Quinn to take over, but Denver clearly sees something in the 25-year-old slinger. Again, Orton is not in immediate trouble, but teams who are completely sold on their 27-year-old quarterbacks usually donít trade for younger ones.

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Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland quarterback: Gradkowski is going to battle JaMarcus Russell to be the Raidersí starting quarterback. Gradkowski signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday (during a time in which many restricted free agents are staying away from their teams) and was in attendance for the first day of the teamís offseason workout program. Russell was not there Monday, but he showed up Tuesday in better shape than he was last year. Still, Russell has a lot of work to do to catch up to Gradkowski. He was preferred by Oakland offensive players last year when he replaced Russell and the fact that he signed his tender and will be with the team all offseason shows he ready to pick up where he left off last season. While other restricted free agents are staying away around the league, Gradkowski is determined to beat out Russell.
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:24 AM   #2
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Kyle Orton, Denver quarterback: The Broncosí trade for Brady Quinn doesnít mean Ortonís run as the teamís quarterback is over. But it isnít a vote of confidence for Orton, either. The Broncos obviously would like to see Quinn, who struggled in three seasons in Cleveland, figure it out and become a solid quarterback. There is no timeline for Quinn to take over, but Denver clearly sees something in the 25-year-old slinger. Again, Orton is not in immediate trouble, but teams who are completely sold on their 27-year-old quarterbacks usually donít trade for younger ones.

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Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland quarterback: Gradkowski is going to battle JaMarcus Russell to be the Raidersí starting quarterback. Gradkowski signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday (during a time in which many restricted free agents are staying away from their teams) and was in attendance for the first day of the teamís offseason workout program. Russell was not there Monday, but he showed up Tuesday in better shape than he was last year. Still, Russell has a lot of work to do to catch up to Gradkowski. He was preferred by Oakland offensive players last year when he replaced Russell and the fact that he signed his tender and will be with the team all offseason shows he ready to pick up where he left off last season. While other restricted free agents are staying away around the league, Gradkowski is determined to beat out Russell.
That's just painfully stupid. When you give up scraps to get a potential star, and in the process replace someone who you were going to cut anyway... what team in the league wouldn't do that?
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That's just painfully stupid. When you give up scraps to get a potential star, and in the process replace someone who you were going to cut anyway... what team in the league wouldn't do that?
The Pats are working out Tebow this week. Tom Brady better watch his back!
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:30 AM   #4
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That's a surprise.
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That's a surprise.
Smoke screen.
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Does anybody honestly think NE would draft Tebow?
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:15 AM   #9
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Yeah...Brady = Orton. Well said!
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Kyle Orton, Denver quarterback: The Broncosí trade for Brady Quinn doesnít mean Ortonís run as the teamís quarterback is over. But it isnít a vote of confidence for Orton, either. The Broncos obviously would like to see Quinn, who struggled in three seasons in Cleveland, figure it out and become a solid quarterback. There is no timeline for Quinn to take over, but Denver clearly sees something in the 25-year-old slinger. Again, Orton is not in immediate trouble, but teams who are completely sold on their 27-year-old quarterbacks usually donít trade for younger ones.

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Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland quarterback: Gradkowski is going to battle JaMarcus Russell to be the Raidersí starting quarterback. Gradkowski signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday (during a time in which many restricted free agents are staying away from their teams) and was in attendance for the first day of the teamís offseason workout program. Russell was not there Monday, but he showed up Tuesday in better shape than he was last year. Still, Russell has a lot of work to do to catch up to Gradkowski. He was preferred by Oakland offensive players last year when he replaced Russell and the fact that he signed his tender and will be with the team all offseason shows he ready to pick up where he left off last season. While other restricted free agents are staying away around the league, Gradkowski is determined to beat out Russell.
Grad is probably the better QB but that doesn't mean he'll play. Al makes those decisions and Al likes Russell. Russell is smart enough to know that all he has to do is pretend to care, and Al will have his back.

Russell has shown up and he's lost weight. That alone might convince Al he was right all along about paying Russell the huge money. Now all Russell has to do is have a decent training camp and he will be the starter, regardless of what Grad does.

Russell knows how to work the system.
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Does anybody honestly think NE would draft Tebow?
They have 3 2nd round draft picks and Tom Brady will be 33 to start the season. Unlike Manning I don't see Brady playing till he is 40. He has been beat up over the years. They would have the ability to let Tebow work on things and not need him to start right away. Also remember this is the Pats we are talking about. They love to get rid of players before they are finished. I don't think Tom is much different to them.
I doubt they could get him in the second round anyways not with the Browns picking before them if Tebow somehow doesn't get picked by the Jags in the first.
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